StorageShort: All-Flash Arrays vs. cost per Desktop

One of the keys to success in VDI is all about getting user acceptance. A simple way to gain this acceptance is to implement an all-flash array. The problem is that the cost of an all-flash array can be at odds with another key to VDI success, lowering the cost per desktop. But as we explain in our latest StorageShort video, all-flash arrays can actually drive a lower cost per desktop while increasing virtual desktop performance.

All-flash arrays beat the cost per desktop challenge first by reducing the number of physical servers required to host the virtual desktop infrastructure. An all-flash array can deliver significantly more raw performance, allowing a physical host to be fully utilized with a maximum number of virtual machines.

Second, all-flash arrays enable capacity optimization features like deduplication, compression, thin provisioning and linked clones. Normally these features impact performance too significantly, but an all-flash array has such excess performance that the can be applied liberally without performance impact. These features also allow the economic use of persistent desktops, which allow users to customize their virtual experience, which again increases the odds of user acceptance.

In our latest webinar, now available on demand, we discuss how to overcome the storage challenges that virtual desktop infrastructures create. The webinar also has a white paper attached to it, “Cost Justifying Flash For VDI Storage“, which is available exclusively to on-demand viewers and can be downloaded the moment the webinar starts.

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Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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